Facilities in Philadelphia and Denver produced far fewer coins for circulation in February than the previous month but more than a year earlier, according to the latest round of manufacturing data from the United States Mint.
The sharp monthly decline follows trends of the past with the pace of U.S. coin production often quicker in Januarys and slower in Februarys.
Coining presses struck 983.4 million coins for commerce last month, marking a 45.1% reduction from January and a 5.7% increase from February 2016. Here’s how the month ranks against others in the past year:
2016 – 2017 February Coin Production Figures
|February 2017||983.40 M||10|
|January 2017||1,790.30 M||2|
|December 2016||696.68 M||13|
|November 2016||976.04 M||11|
|October 2016||1,297.36 M||9|
|September 2016||1,573.70 M||4|
|August 2016||1,302.95 M||8|
|July 2016||1,807.20 M||1|
|June 2016||1,582.06 M||3|
|May 2016||1,550.12 M||5|
|April 2016||1,339.06 M||7|
|March 2016||1,446.14 M||6|
|February 2016||930.26 M||12|
As is always the case, the Federal Reserve orders more 1-cent coins than any other denomination even as it costs 1.5 cents to make and distribute each one. The U.S. Mint produced a combined 534 million Lincoln cents in January, representing 54.3% of the circulating-quality coins produced for the month.
P-Mint Cents Change
2017-dated circulating cents from the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia bear a ‘P’ mint mark for the first time in history. This is a one-year-only embellishment, added as a part of the Mint’s celebration of its 225th anniversary. These P-cents are not rare by any means with a combined 788.4 million made through the first two months of this year.
In the latest month-over month comparisons for coins used daily by Americans, production totals declined:
- 50.4% for Lincoln cents,
- 51.2% for Jefferson nickels,
- 44.9% for Roosevelt dimes, and
- 10.9% for America the Beautiful Quarters.
Native American $1 Coins and Kennedy half-dollars are no longer ordered by Federal Reserve Banks but they are still made in circulating quality for coin collectors. In January, the U.S. Mint tends to strike both coins to the expected amounts needed for the entire year. No more were made in February.
Here’s a summary of all circulating-quality coins produced last month:
US Mint Circulating Coin Production in February 2017
|2016 ATB Quarters||88,800,000||96,200,000||185,000,000|
|Kennedy Half Dollars||0||0||0|
|Native American $1s||0||0||0|
U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia manufacture all of America’s coins for commerce. Last month, the Denver Mint struck 476.14 million coins and the Philadelphia Mint produced 507.26 million coins.
In the January to February period, the Denver Mint made 1,392,300,000 coins and the Philadelphia Mint struck 1,381,400,000 coins. That lifted their combined year-to-date total to 2,773,700,000 coins, which is 13.4% higher than the 2,446,100,000 coins minted during the first two months of 2016.
This next table lists 2017 coin production totals by denomination and by U.S. Mint facility:
YTD 2017 Circulating Coin Production by Denomination
|1 ¢||5 ¢||10 ¢||25 ¢||50 ¢||N.A. $1||Total:|
The 2017 monthly average of more than 1.38 billion coins tracks in 12 months to over 16.6 billion coins. Last year, the U.S. Mint produced over 16 billion coins for circulation. It registered as the second quickest for a year since 2001, after the more than 17 billion coins were made in 2015.
Mintages by Coin Design
To date, the U.S. Mint has released two 2017 coins with one-year-only designs. They include the:
- 2017 Native American $1 Coin, released on Jan. 25.
- 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter for Iowa, released on Feb 6.
Mintages for the 2017 Native American dollars remained at 1.54 million from Denver and 1.68 million from Philadelphia for a combined 3.22 million coins. Last year’s release ended with splits of 2.1 million from Denver and 2.8 million from Philadelphia for 4.90 million coins.
Finalized mintages for Iowa’s Effigy Mounds quarter should be available by April.